Enermax engineers ETS-N31 cooler for compact systems

As nice and convenient as all-in-one liquid coolers have become, not every system needs the cost, complexity, and risk of leakage that comes with such systems. For those still looking to air cooling to provide relief to hot-running chips without the physical imposition of something like the humoungous Noctua NH-D15, Enermax offers its ETS-N31, a relatively-compact tower cooler with a 92-mm fan.

Enermax seems to have designed the ETS-N31 for maximum compatibility with crowded motherboard designs. To that end, the cooler's three direct-contact heatpipes are canted to provide additional room for memory modules, which tend to be mounted to one side of a CPU socket. Fiddly wire fan clips can be a real nuisance to deal with inside a compact enclosure, so the ETS-N31's included fan has clips integrated into its plastic shroud for one-handed installation.

The trend of compatibility extends to the ETS-N31's socket support, covering Intel sockets with anywhere between 775 and 1366 pins and AMD sockets from AM2 all the way up to AM4, plus the FMx sockets. Yes, this includes support for AMD's latest-and-greatest Ryzen processors. The ETS-N31 measures 4.9" x 3.7" x 3.1" (125mm x 95mm x 78 mm) and weighs in at 13.6 oz. (385 g). Enermax expects the cooler to hit store shelves in late March at a wallet-friendly $20.

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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    why dont they build the thing a bit taller so it doesnt sit right at the ram? or have adjustable length heat pipes.

      • Qrash
      • 3 years ago

      CPU coolers like this one that utilize 92 mm fans are meant for smaller case builds where tall coolers won’t fit. Other similar coolers are the NH-U9S and NH-DL9 from Noctua, Cryorig’s M9i/a, and the Alpenfohn Atlas.

      An example of the type of case these coolers are optimized for is the Ncase M1, a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case that began life in 2012 and is now on its 5th revision with production runs several times a year by the contracted manufacturer Lian Li. I have 2 of these cases and there is a vibrant community supporting it.

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]The ETS-N31 measures 3.6" x 3.6" x 1.0" (92 mm x 92 mm x 25 mm)[/quote<] That's the fan dimensions, the whole cooler is 125mm x 95mm x 77.5mm. 125mm height also takes it out of the realm of the compact cooler. 92mm would fit in a few half height cases but 125mm is basically 4U server or full size case.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Oops, fixed, thanks for the heads-up!

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Laughing at all the F5 spammers that clicked this link hoping for Ryzen

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